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Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting educators in understanding and implementing the response to intervention (RTI) model. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has identified four stages in the implementation of evidence-based strategies such as RTI. The first stage is Exploration, and it involves consideration of the essential components of RTI models and the district or school's readiness to implement an RTI model with fidelity. During the second stage, Installation, a district or school selects an RTI model and works actively to put in place all of the supports necessary for implementing the essential components. These supports can include staff member training, policies, implementation guides, forms, assessments, instructional programs, and software. The third stage is Initial Implementation, and it involves implementing the essential components. Initial Implementation can involve just a few components or teachers, and then implementation expands over time. When the majority of teachers are implementing all components of RTI with fidelity, the district or school is in the fourth stage, called Full Implementation. This KnowledgeBase is geared primarily toward those in the Exploration and Installation stages, with some resources for those in the Initial Implementation stage.

Task 1: Define and Communicate the Vision for RTI

Guideline: Wiktionary defines vision as an "an ideal or a goal toward which one aspires." As a district or school launches response to intervention (RTI), its vision delineates the roadmap for moving forward. How well the vision is communicated may determine how strongly it is embraced by others. Communicating the vision involves identifying the target audience, matching the message content to each group, determining the communication modes, and executing the strategy. When implementing RTI, district and school leaders need to be cognizant of how the message fits within the instructional vision.



Creating A Vision

The School Improvement in Maryland website addresses the importance of creating a shared vision to accomplish school improvement. This website may be useful to any group creating a shared vision.

Holding a Shared Vision Steady

This Michigan Department of Education newsletter describes a process for creating a shared school vision. Though the process focuses on a school-wide vision, it can be adapted to a project-related vision to implement other instructional tools.

Resource for Student Evaluation Personnel Working in Schools Implementing RTI

Revised in 2018 to reflect legislation related to parental notice, this booklet provides information and tools related to RTI and special education, collaborating for effective interventions, and using data to make intervention decisions. Designed for student evaluation personnel who assist campus teams in assessment planning, problem-solving, and using RTI data in comprehensive student evaluations to determine the presence of a specific learning disability (SLD). Contains letters related to RTI implementation from the U.S. Department of Education and versions of the “Collaborative Instructional Log.”